Home from the Hill

Overview

William Humphrey's novel Home From the Hill is compressed into 150 minutes for this MGM all-starrer. Robert Mitchum plays Capt. Wade Hunnicutt, a Texas millionaire, married to Hannah Eleanor Parker. The Hunnicutts have two children of approximately the same age: Wade's biological son, Theron George Hamilton in one of his earliest film roles, and his illegitimate son, Rafe George Peppard. As the story opens, Wade conducts an extramarital affair; meanwhile, Theron George Hamilton, disturbed by his parents' ...
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Overview

William Humphrey's novel Home From the Hill is compressed into 150 minutes for this MGM all-starrer. Robert Mitchum plays Capt. Wade Hunnicutt, a Texas millionaire, married to Hannah Eleanor Parker. The Hunnicutts have two children of approximately the same age: Wade's biological son, Theron George Hamilton in one of his earliest film roles, and his illegitimate son, Rafe George Peppard. As the story opens, Wade conducts an extramarital affair; meanwhile, Theron George Hamilton, disturbed by his parents' dysfunctional relationship, is not anxious to marry his true love, Libby Halstead Luana Patten. The vicious cycle threatens to continue when Libby gives birth to Theron's out-of-wedlock son, but it is Rafe who turns Libby into an "honest woman" by acting as father to the child. Vincente Minnelli directs his material operatically, which is as it should be given the larger-than-life character and emotional entanglements he has to deal with.
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Special Features

Theatrical Trailer; Languages: English & Fran├žais; Subtitles: English; (Feature Film Only)
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
At first glance, Home from the Hill seems to be something of a Giant-wannabe, a "big" Texas-flavored epic, but as the film progresses, it's clear that director Vincente Minnelli is more interested in the relationships at the heart of the story. Minnelli's sensitive direction keeps the film on an even keel, preventing it from giving in to its more melodramatic impulses (until the end, at least). He and cinematographer Milton Krasner shoot Home with a loving attention to detail, and there's a rich lushness to the picture's visuals -- its compositions, angles, and juxtaposition of colors -- that is quite enticing. If Home's screenplay is a trifle overripe (and overlong), it does provide the opportunity for some fine performances. Robert Mitchum uses his quiet strength and understatement to good advantage, creating a character that is more complicated -- and appealing -- than he seems on the surface. George Hamilton is good as the legitimate son, and Eleanor Parker does well with a part that is not as fleshed out as it might be, but the real acting honors go to George Peppard, whose Rafe is a small masterpiece. Peppard's performance is all nuance, saying a great deal with a half smirk or a sidelong glance, all of which is buoyed up by the sheer likeableness that Peppard imparts. Home is not a great film, but it has a number of moments (the revelation scene between Hamilton and Peppard, the boar hunt) and performances that are exceptional.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/23/2007
  • UPC: 012569795396
  • Original Release: 1960
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Time: 2:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 14,152

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Mitchum Capt. Wade Hunnicutt
Eleanor Parker Hannah Hunnicutt
George Peppard Rafe Copley
George Hamilton Theron Hunnicutt
Everett Sloane Albert Halstead
Luana Patten Libby Halstead
Anne Seymour Sarah Halstead
Constance Ford Opal Bixby
Ken Renard Chauncey
Ray Teal Dr. Reuben Carson
Charlie Briggs Dick Gibbons
Tom Gilson John Ellis
Hilda Haynes Melba
Burt Mustin Gas Station Attendant
Luana Parker
Denver Pyle Marshall Bradley
Stuart Randall Ramsey
Dan Sheridan Peyton Siles
Orville Sherman Ed Dinwoodie
Dub Taylor Bob Skaggs
Guinn "Big Boy" Williams Hugh Macauley
Technical Credits
Vincente Minnelli Director
Preston Ames Art Director
George W. Davis Art Director
Harriet Frank Jr. Screenwriter
Edmund Grainger Producer
Robert R. Hoag Special Effects
Bronislau Kaper Score Composer
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
Harold Kress Editor
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Irving Ravetch Screenwriter
Sol C. Siegel Producer
Charles Wolcott Musical Direction/Supervision
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Home from the Hill
1. Credits [1:52]
2. Hunting Accident [4:18]
3. Anything to Stay Home For [5:40]
4. Theron's First Hunt [4:15]
5. A Little Local Humor [2:29]
6. Mama's Boy or Man? [5:16]
7. Mine From Now On [2:51]
8. Under Rafe's Wing [3:50]
9. School Dropout [3:47]
10. Boar's His Dish [2:33]
11. Instructions [4:02]
12. Hunt Casualties [4:38]
13. Theron's Trophy [5:07]
14. Getting Theron A Date [5:19]
15. Your Kind Not Wanted [3:02]
16. Unlock Your Door [4:50]
17. Theron's Visitor [3:37]
18. Attic Confession [4:33]
19. Reprobated Field [2:32]
20. Alone Together [4:53]
21. Bitter Truth [:00]
22. The Payoff [5:03]
23. Brother's Keeper [5:11]
24. No Father To Me [5:50]
25. What Else You Got? [3:08]
26. Pulled In Half [2:39]
27. Halstead's Visit [4:29]
28. Rafe and Libby [4:59]
29. Newlyweds [6:14]
30. Stay [3:20]
31. Filthy Lie [5:22]
32. Forgiveness Each Day [3:17]
33. Shot In His Den [5:00]
34. Hunting A Killer [5:17]
35. Same Way You Did [3:17]
36. Two Fine Sons [2:59]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Home from the Hill
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   Scene Selections
   Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Fran├žais
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Off
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